It’s been said that the last thing a fighter loses is his power. A sluggish Lucas Matthysse proved he can still punch Saturday night by knocking out little known Thai Tewa Kirmam in round eight at the Forum in Inglewood, CA.
The bout started slowly and never picked up steam. Kiram (38-1, 28 KOs) used his jab effectively at times, keeping Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) at bay.
“He moved really well and was really big, “said Matthysse of Kiram.
Kiram connected with a few right hands to cause some swelling under Matthysee’s left eye. Matthysee,35, went to the body in an attempt to slow Kirman down.
“I noticed his punches weren’t hurting me, so I began pressuring him a bit more,” Matthysee said.
The action was limited throughout, causing the fans, who expected fireworks, to boo. Kimran moved while Matthysse chased, but finally in round eight, Matthysee connected with a right. Kimran went down, got up and fought some more, until being dropping by a jab. The referee glanced at the prone Kimran and waved off the contest.
The time was 1:21 of round eight.
"I just couldn’t catch him. He was moving very well, but I was finally able to connect,” said Matthysse, who with the victory, captured something called WBA “regular” title.
Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs) easily outboxed Mercito Gesta (32-2-1, 17 KOs) to retain his WBA lightweight title. Linares overwhelmed Gesta with speed and accuracy throughout the fight.
Scores were 118-110, 118-110 and 117-111.
"Like I said to Oscar De La Hoya, I don’t want to mention names for my next opponent," said Linares. "You know what’s nice? That people mention my name. That’s fine that they mention my name, but let’s get them in the ring."